Guide to the Institute of Jewish Affairs Collection
undated, 1941-1971

Processed by Aleksandra Kubica

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Aleksandra Kubica in August 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Institute of Jewish Affairs
Title: Institute of Jewish Affairs Collection
Abstract: The Institute of Jewish Affairs was a scientific and research organization attached to the World Jewish Congress. The collection consists of brochures, reports, surveys and other research publications. The materials address the plans, goals and activities of the organization as well as containing studies of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe, Jewish life in the postwar era in various countries and political events influencing Jewry and anti-Semitism. The collection also includes analyses of international legislation on questions which were influencing the Jewish situation within the spheres of human rights, minorities and migration at the time.
Languages: The collection is in English, Yiddish, and German.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 Boxes)
Identification: I-371
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Historical Note

The Institute of Jewish Affairs (IJA) was created in February 1941 under the auspices of World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Congress to serve as a scientific and research enterprise. IJA’s purpose was to analyze the political, legal and economic aspects of Jewish life since World War I and subsequently to create a postwar policy to secure Jewish rights and freedom internationally. The concept behind the creation of the Institute was that Jewish leaders, struggling for the interests of the Jewry after World War I, “were hampered by the lack of up-to-date information on the situation of the Jews and no less by the lack of research into relevant legal and political options.”1 The research areas included Jewish life, anti-Semitism, human rights related to minorities and migration, as well as the Holocaust and its aftermath. The founder, Dr Jacob Robinson served as the Institute’s first director (1941-1947). He was followed by Nehemiah Robinson (1947-1964) and Oscar Karbach (1964-1973)2. IJA’s publications studied the situation of the Jews as well as proposed policies. In late 1940s, the organization participated in the preparation of reports submitted to the United Nations. In 1965 IJA moved to London and in 1994 it was reestablished as the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.3


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Scope and Content Note

The Institute of Jewish Affairs Collection consists of organizational literature – brochures, plans, records of activities and correspondence. It also includes reports on a range of topics related to Jewry in Nazi-occupied Europe and postwar world, especially covering Western Europe and Soviet Union and its satellite states. It contains publications on Jewry in Middle East, North America and China after World War II as well as a list of publications between 1941 and 1953.

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The Collection has been arranged chronologically by topic.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

AJHS archives holds the records of the American Jewish Congress, I-77 which includes publications of IJA. The American Jewish Archives in the World Jewish Congress Records (1918-1982) also holds materials of the Institute of Jewish Affairs, and the Yeshiva University Library maintains a report collection of IJA (1941-1947).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Institute of Jewish Affairs Collection; I-371; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

There records were mainly created by the IJA and the manner in which they came into AJHS is unknown.

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Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2014 by Aleksandra Kubica. Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe.

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Access Points

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Container List

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Institute of Jewish Affairs Collection,  1941-1971

1 1 Publications on Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe undated, 1941-1948 request_box

Contains a report on Jews in Europe published during the war, and a report on Jewish casualties published after the war.

English, German

1 2 Publications on the trials of German war criminals 1941-1961 request_box

Contains publications on the Holocaust and the trials of German war criminals.

1 3 Organizational literature undated, 1942-1960 request_box

Contains brochures on organizational plans, records of activities, correspondence, a confidential report of activities, and a confidential blueprint.

1 4 Publications on postwar Germany 1947-1950 request_box

Contains the publications, Information on Germany No. 1-3, 5/6, 8 and 9/10, and a report on anti-democratic trends in Western Germany.

1 5 Publications on restitution and compensation 1949-1956 request_box

Includes reports on restitution and compensation as well as a publication on the Austrian Assistance Fund.

2 1 Publications on the situation of refugees 1951-1954 request_box

Contains publications on Jewish DPs, the Convention on Refugees and the Convention on Stateless Persons.

2 2 Publications on postwar anti-Semitism 1951-1969 request_box

Contains periodical surveys on postwar anti-Semitism trends, including publications on Christian attitudes to Jews.

2 3 Publications on Jews in postwar Europe 1952-1956 request_box

Contains reports on Jews in Hungary, Spain and USSR.

2 4 Publications on Jews in the postwar period 1952-1960 request_box

Incudes a quarterly survey, Current Events in Jewish Life and reports on the situation of Jewish people after the Holocaust.

English, Yiddish

2 5 Publications on Jews in the Middle East and Northern Africa 1952-1970 request_box

Contains publications on Jews in the Middle East and Northern Africa in the postwar period.

2 6 List of publications of the IJA [1953] request_box

Contains a list of publications of the IJA between 1941 and June 1953.

2 7 Publication on Jews in China 1954 request_box

Contains a report on the Jewish communities of China.

2 8 Publications on anti-Semitism in Central Europe 1968 request_box

Includes reports on anti-Semitism influences on political events in Communist Poland and Czechoslovakia.

2 9 Publications on Soviet Jewry 1968-1971 request_box

Includes Bulletin on Soviet Jewish Affairs No.1 (January, 1968) and Soviet Jewish Affairs Journal No.1 (June, 1971) as well as Background Papers No. 20 and No. 21 on Soviet Jewry.

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